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March 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
British authorities were awaiting results of toxicology tests Monday to determine the cause of death of Jason Rae, the husband of Grammy-nominated singer Corinne Bailey Rae. Rae, 31, a saxophonist with a funk band, the Haggis Horns, was found in an apartment in the northern English city of Leeds on Saturday, police said. A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of supplying him with drugs but was released on bail, officials said. Corinne Bailey Rae's self-titled debut album sold more than 1 million copies in the United States after its release in 2006.
March 22, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A boater who was killed when a ray jumped out of the water in the Florida Keys and hit her in the face died of skull fractures and brain injuries, not from the animal's poisonous barb, a medical examiner said. Judy Kay Zagorski, 57, of Pigeon, Mich., was in the front of a boat going about 25 mph when a 75-pound spotted eagle ray leaped from the water and hit her in a freak event. The ray also died in the collision. Monroe County's medical examiner, Dr. Michael Hunter, determined that the cause of Zagorski's death was blunt force trauma to the head.
March 20, 2008
A 9-year-old boy was found dead near his home Wednesday afternoon after earth surrounding a hole where he was playing collapsed and buried him, police said. Earlier in the day, a child in the neighborhood reported that Zane Newton had been shot and kidnapped by a man wearing a mask and driving a black car, police said. The report led to a police search for the vehicle and an Amber Alert, which was later canceled. Police discovered the body after being notified that the boys had been seen playing at the site, said Bakersfield Police Lt. Brad Wahl.
March 19, 2008 | David Haldane
A 17-month-old girl died Tuesday after running into the path of a pickup truck that then ran over her in a parking lot behind a laundromat. Police did not release the toddler's name. The accident occurred about 10:45 a.m. when the girl's mother parked her black Chevy pickup truck behind the laundromat on the 1000 block of North State Boulevard, to either load or unload clothes, said Anaheim Police Department spokesman Sgt. Rick Martinez. At some point, Martinez said, the girl dashed out from behind her mother's truck into the path of the oncoming white GM pickup, Martinez said.
March 19, 2008 | Larry Gordon
UCLA police are investigating the apparent accidental drowning of a 21-year-old student in a campus swimming pool last week. The student was identified as Elias Ibrahim, a biology major from Moreno Valley who was scheduled to graduate this year. He and two other students in a UCLA Extension class apparently got into the locked pool at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center early Friday, according to UCLA police spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein. Officials said the three climbed over a fence and pulled back part of the pool tarp for a 2 a.m. swim.
March 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A fire tore through a row house in Bethlehem, killing four people and injuring one resident who jumped from a second-story window to escape, authorities said. High winds and the collapse of the building's roof complicated efforts to rescue residents and control the blaze, fire Lt. Joe Chernaskey said. The 4:30 a.m. fire destroyed the middle of three row houses. The others were damaged.
March 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A boat carrying partygoers celebrating the birthday of 5-year-old twins sank in a lake near the Albanian capital, killing 16 people, including the two children, police said. The boat belonged to a restaurant on the shores of Lake Farka, about three miles east of Tirana. It had a capacity of seven but was carrying 20 people from the restaurant, police spokeswoman Alma Katragjini said. Four people survived, she said.
March 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A powerful explosion flattened a house in suburban Pittsburgh, killing a man, injuring his 4-year-old granddaughter and damaging more than a dozen neighboring homes, authorities said. Natural gas appeared to have fueled the explosion, a utility spokesman said, but it remained unclear why it happened. Pieces of burnt insulation and debris were scattered over a wide area, and smoke and flames still rose from the site hours after the blast in Plum, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.
March 4, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A United Nations helicopter crashed in bad weather in Nepal's mountainous east, killing 12 people including at least seven U.N. staff, officials said. Modraj Dotel, an official with Nepal's Home Ministry, said police rescuers have recovered 12 charred and unrecognizable bodies from the crash site. The U.N., however, has spoken of only 10 people on board: the seven staffers and a three-member Russian crew. The helicopter went down about 25 miles east of Katmandu as it was returning to the capital from a camp of former Maoist rebels, U.N. officials said.
March 3, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen
A Lake Forest woman was killed during an early morning jog Sunday when a car driven by a security guard on his way to work swerved and struck her, authorities said. Marcia Soto, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene on Bake Parkway between North Pointe Drive and Crescent Drive shortly after 6 a.m. Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said alcohol was not involved but investigators were examining whether the driver, whose name was not released, may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
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